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David Krejci making habit of performing in the playoffs

David Krejci making habit of performing in the playoffs

by Ken Campbell - May 9, 2013 1:47 AM EDT

Boston's underrated skater was the top scorer the year they won the Cup and is burying the Leafs this year.
For years, a lot of people in the hockey establishment who should have known better would peddle complete nonsense when it came to European players in the playoffs.


Tuukka Rask shining against the team that traded him

Tuukka Rask shining against the team that traded him

by Ken Campbell - May 7, 2013 12:09 AM EDT

A few years ago, the Leafs had to choose between two prospect goaltenders, which resulted in trading Tuukka Rask to Boston.
Two years ago, Tuukka Rask watched Tim Thomas go out and win a Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins. And if Thomas hadn’t taken this season off to focus on “family, friends and faith,” and who knows what else, Rask would probably be at the end of the Bruins bench again this spring.


Senators-Canadiens brawl…what did you expect?

Senators-Canadiens brawl…what did you expect?

by Ken Campbell - May 6, 2013 9:44 AM EDT

When the NHL allows The Code to overrule its rulebook, Sunday night's brawl is exactly the type of thing that happens.
Here we are at Day 7 of the playoffs and the dominant topic of conversation today will be Game 3 Sunday night between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators.


Gryba hit, Brown miss a case study on reckless play

Gryba hit, Brown miss a case study on reckless play

by Ken Campbell - May 3, 2013 2:37 PM EDT

Eric Gryba's hit on Lars Eller resulted in a terrible injury, but it didn't appear as premeditated and vicious as Dustin Brown missing Jaden Schwartz.
As expected, the hockey world reacted with passion and volume on both sides of the issue when Eric Gryba of the Ottawa Senators drilled Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens with a blow to the head that had devastating results.


Future of Coyotes in Phoenix 'not set in stone'

Future of Coyotes in Phoenix 'not set in stone'

by Ken Campbell - April 30, 2013 3:20 PM EDT

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly talked to THN.com about the Coyotes future, which is uncertain to say the least.
Almost four years after enduring a long and expensive court battle to keep the Phoenix Coyotes out of the clutches of Jim Balisille and after years of insisting the team remain in Arizona, the NHL is showing definitive signs of wavering in its support for a team in the desert.


Seth Jones and the Avalanche a perfect hometown match

Seth Jones and the Avalanche a perfect hometown match

by Ken Campbell - April 30, 2013 12:06 PM EDT

After winning the draft lottery Monday night, the Colorado Avalanche will pick first overall on June 30, where they're expected to pick Seth Jones.
Seth Jones took his first tentative steps as a minor hockey player in Denver and, thanks to some luck in the NHL draft lottery, will have an opportunity to start his pro career there as well.


NHL journeymen are often the best GMs

NHL journeymen are often the best GMs

by Ken Campbell - April 29, 2013 3:25 PM EDT

The Dallas Stars replaced NHL Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk with long-time Wings assistant Jim Nill - and odds are it'll be an upgrade.
When Joe Nieuwendyk was hired as GM of the Dallas Stars four years ago, he was heralded as one of the game’s bright young minds, despite the fact the only managerial experience he had were short junior portfolios with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Canada’s World Championship team.


Exceptional, super-human athletes now the norm

Exceptional, super-human athletes now the norm

by Ken Campbell - April 26, 2013 2:03 PM EDT

Erik Karlsson's return form injury a few months early was an amazing achievement, but these things are becoming less and less of a surprise.
At the morning skate before Erik Karlsson’s first game back after missing two months, Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean was asked what he expected that night from his Norris Trophy-winning defenseman.


Success down the stretch means nothing in the playoffs

Success down the stretch means nothing in the playoffs

by Ken Campbell - April 24, 2013 3:55 PM EDT

If you have the best record in the NHL over the last 10 games of the regular season, you're more likely to lose in Round 1 than to make a deep run.
As we make our way into the last days of the season, those among us who like to make the playoffs a little more interesting will undoubtedly be entering playoff hockey pools.


Coaching, depth got Senators through injury problems

Coaching, depth got Senators through injury problems

by Ken Campbell - April 22, 2013 12:10 PM EDT

Ottawa put together a strong season despite losing key players to injuries, and did it because of strong organizational depth.
If the Ottawa Senators can hold on for one more week and make the playoffs this season, it will be almost impossible not to vote for Sens coach Paul MacLean for the Jack Adams Award.


How John Tavares evolved into MVP candidate

How John Tavares evolved into MVP candidate

by Ken Campbell - April 19, 2013 11:25 AM EDT

The first overall pick of the 2009 draft always had a bright future, but the way he's worked on and improved his game has taken him to an elite level.
John Tavares picked the perfect stage to launch his late-season candidacy for the Hart Trophy, but the reality is the possible MVP you see before you now has been four years in the making.


James Reimer starting new era of Toronto goalies

James Reimer starting new era of Toronto goalies

by Ken Campbell - April 16, 2013 11:55 AM EDT

Toronto hasn't had much success developing and having success with goalies, but Reimer is changing all that.
Pop quiz time. When was the last time a goaltender drafted and developed by the Toronto Maple Leafs won a playoff game for the organization? If you guessed Felix Potvin in 1996, grab a gold star and head straight to the front of the class.


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